Gutiérrez On Reports Of Deported DREAMer With DACA
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in response to the news that Juan Manuel Montes, a DREAMer with DACA, had been deported by agents from the Department of Homeland Security in February.
If you came to this country when you were a young child and have DACA, then the United States is your home and you should not be deported. Juan Manuel came at age 9 and had DACA and should not have been deported at age 23. The Trump Administration should be clear that they are following the law. People who are assets to their communities and who do not violate the terms of their immigration status should not be removed or coerced into leaving. Period. If our government is following the law, Juan Manuel should be living in the United States today.
When Attorney General Jeff Sessions boasts on Fox News, "Everybody in the country illegally is subject to being deported,” he is both ignorant of the way our immigration laws work and is being dangerously dismissive of the due process rights human beings have in our society. DACA is still in place and Trump, Sessions, DHS Secretary Kelly and the rest of them should know that.
I have talked with attorneys familiar with Juan Manuel’s case and the more I hear, the more troubling this incident becomes. We do not know all the facts at this point, but it sounds like Juan’s initial deportation was coercive and was an unacceptable curtailing of his due process rights.
Rep. Gutiérrez is in his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
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